Plans to build hospice home under way

Marty Driver, director of patient services, hangs up a new sign at Mountain Valley Hospice displaying a mock-up of the hospice home the group plans to build in Yadkinville.

Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care is in the initial planning stages to build a Hospice home in Yadkinville.

The very word hospice often strikes a chord of terror for people as hospice is primarily known for providing end of life care for the ill. Though no one wants to lose a loved one, the services provided by hospice can help ease some of the stress and pain both for the chronically ill and their families.

“It’s almost like when they hear the hospice word, they just cringe, but people just don’t realize what a wonderful benefit it is not only for the patient, but for the whole family,” said Beth Parks, whose father was in hospice care. “They cared for all of us, not just my dad. They took care of a lot of needs we had that we didn’t even know we had.”

While Parks and her mother greatly appreciated the care received at the Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson, the 45-minute drive from East Bend was not easy.

“The care we received there was incredible, but the toll it took on my mother, who is also elderly, really really started to drain her,” Parks said. “She made that trip every day and having to drive that far really started to take a toll on her health, too. To have had something so much closer in Yadkinville would have just been a blessing for our family. I hope people realize that this is just going to be so good for our county to get one right here.”

Marty Driver, director of Patient Services, said that initially a feasibility study had been conducted determining that there was a need for a hospice home in Yadkin County. Land already has been purchased on Lee Avenue for the purpose of building a six-bed facility. The home is expected to have a number of amenities such as play areas for children, a kitchen for families to use and a chapel and meditation garden.

“It’s so difficult for families when they have a loved one that’s chronically ill and at the end of life because a lot of times no matter how hard you try you are unable to take care of them at home, so this is an option for people,” Driver explained. “It’s like home, not like a hospital. They’ll be able to stay in a nice room with their family who can visit. They’ll be a lot of support, chaplains will be available, nurses around the clock, all the things they will need. And it’s going to be conveniently located almost in the center of Yadkin County.”

Though the project is still in the initial stages, Driver said they hoped to break ground on the new hospice home next spring. An announcement is expected soon regarding the fundraising to help complete the project.

For more information on hospice care or the hospice home project, contact Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care at 336-679-2466.

Kitsey E. Burns may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.

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